SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com
October 13, 2021
Race week Nov. 15-20
BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000 presented by 4 Wheel Parts Las Vegas’ MacCachren/San Diego’s L. McMillin and LV’s Menzies/San Diego’s A. McMillin-Super Teams
Pre-running opens Oct. 23 on mammoth 1,227.00-mile course down Baja California peninsula for iconic finale of 4-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship; Start next to Ensenada’s Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center and finish in La Paz
NOTE: Unofficial SCORE Baja 1000 numerical entry list, by class, at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—One is a legend for over 30 years, the other is a youthful rising star but by teaming together Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren and San Diego’s Luke McMillin could easily be the ‘odds-on’ favorite to win November’s BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. Concern is, however, that another super team has officially emerged with Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies and San Diego’s Andy McMillin having teamed up as well for this iconic race down the Baja California peninsula.
Racing in Luke McMillin’s All Wheel Drive Chevy Silverado built by Mason Motorsports with the No. 11 on the SCORE Trophy Truck, MacCachren is the driver of record and with a victory in this iconic race, MacCachren would also capture another SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship.
Racing in Menzies’ No. 7 AWD Ford Raptor also built by Mason Motorsports, Menzies and Andy McMillin (Luke’s cousin), both 34 years old, teamed up in last year’s SCORE Baja 1000 as well in Menzies’ AWD Ford Raptor SCORE Trophy Truck. Last year they overcame an early rollover and still ended up finishing on the podium in third place.
SCORE International is well known around the globe as the ‘World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization.’ Celebrating its 48th season in 2021, this is flagship event for the SCORE World Desert Championship. AMAZING RACE
The SCORE Baja 1000 is at the pinnacle of motorsports as the most iconic, oldest, prestigious, toughest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.
While every year for the Granddaddy of All Desert Races is mesmerizing, a peninsula run down Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula is, for lack of a better term, hypnotizing. This year’s race course promises to easily live up to the lasting legacy of races past as SCORE has announced the official map for the gargantuan 1,227-mile race course for this renewal of a pilgrimage for the ages.
Starting and finishing under Mexico’s strict BioSecurity health and safety protocols, race-week festivities and the race itself will be held Nov. 15-20.
This year’s race will be a peninsula run of 1,227 miles down majestic Baja California, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. 54th SCORE BAJA 1000
Most of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s massive BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. The 2021 season-finale will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on ESPN2’s World of X Games programming.
Race week activities will be held Nov. 15-20.
Nearly 300 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from nearly 40 U.S. States and as many as 20 countries anticipated. Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads will be competing in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.
This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a point-to-point race of a spectacular 1,227 miles starting in Ensenada in the northern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
Ensenada, “The Off-Road Capital of the World” is a coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos area of the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, is the gateway to the Sea of Cortez and 1,000 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.
It will start for the 47th time in Ensenada, finish for the 22nd time in La Paz, 23rd time overall to run down the peninsula as 2000 and 2007 finished in Cabo San Lucas. This race is annually the finale of the SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past six years in Baja California.
It will be the first peninsula run since the 50th SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017. EARLY ENTRIES
With nearly 300 entries anticipated at the start line, as of today 112 total early entries have been received for the Granddaddy of All Desert Races, with racers representing 25 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico and 11 countries. The countries are United States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host country Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Guatemala, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain and Sweden. ONLINE RACER ENTRY APPLICATIONS
Racer entry applications are now available at www.SCORE-International.com under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Audreonna Garcia at 775. 852.8907. Online racer entry applications will be accepted through Friday, October. 22.
The SCORE Ensenada office will accept walk-in entries up to Friday, Oct. 29. MASTERFUL MATCH
Save the Menzies/A. McMillin team, bookmakers around the world would be drooling over a matchup of two amazing racers like Rob MacCachren, 56, and Luke McMillin, 28, in the No. 11 AWD Big Blue M Racing Chevy Silverado.
MacCachren is a second-generation desert racing champion while Luke McMillin is a third-generation SCORE Baja racing champ.
MacCachren has sixth, fifth and third place finishes this season in his No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 while Luke McMillin has results of two second places and an unfortunate disqualification in this year’s SCORE Baja 500 in his No. 1 McMillin Racing 4Wheel Parts Chevy Silverado.
After the pair decided to team up for a major assault in the SCORE Baja 1000, Luke McMillin decided to let MacCachren be the DOR as MacCachren is only two points behind Larry Roeseler in the SCORE Trophy Truck season points.
McMillin earned his first SCORE Trophy Truck victory in 2020 in winning the SCORE Baja 1000 and the 2021 SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship with legendary Larry Roeseler as his second driver in the season finale. Luke McMillin has three class wins in the SCORE Baja 1000 including Class 1/2-1600 (2011), Class 1 (2012) and SCORE Trophy Truck (2020).
An Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee (2011) MacCachren has 17 career SCORE Trophy-Truck victories during his illustrious career including four in the SCORE Baja 1000 which includes three straight (2014, 2015 and 2016). He also has nine all-time class wins in the SCORE Baja 1000. He is the winningest driver in off-road history with over 300 race wins in desert, short-course and stadium off-road racing.
The livery won’t have to be changed much as the merger also combines their individual primary sponsors with BFGoodrich Tires for both and Luke McMillin with 4 Wheel Parts.
During the race, the McMillin/MacCachren SCORE Trophy-Truck will be running BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR3 tires. MUTUAL RESPECT
“I’ve looked up to and raced against Rob for a long time, even back when I was racing 1600 cars against him,” Luke McMillin said. “Not only I do believe our dedication and will to win is unmatched, but I also believe our racing approach is similar. We are not racers who just show up and drive. Instead, we are involved with every aspect with our trucks and teams making sure no detail is missed.”
“Picking a SCORE Baja 1000 partner is always a tough decision because you want that person to match your dedication and passion to win. Rob was an obvious pick, and it helps that I truly believe Rob is the greatest off-road racer of all time.”
“Luke reminds me a lot of myself in his passion for continually striving to be the best,” MacCachren said. “I’m honored to be part of the McMillin Racing Team for the 2021 SCORE Baja 1000, and I know that we are going to make every effort possible to be the fastest SCORE Trophy-Truck to La Paz.” COOL HAND LUKE
Adding more to his initial comments, Luke McMillin said, “Racing with Rob MacCachren is a great opportunity. Of course, LR (Larry Roeseler) and I had a great relationship racing together too, I guess the way I see it is “from one GOAT to the next…”. Rob is extremely enthusiastic about the race and truck, I see a lot of myself in Rob, he wants to win just as bad as I do. Picking a second driver for the SCORE Baja 1000 is always a tough decision, whoever it is needs to match your effort and you have to have a ton of trust in that person. I have every bit of trust in Rob and truly believe racing with him gives us the absolute best shot at winning the race. There is simply no one else I’d rather team up with than Rob for this year’s race.”
In responding to some other questions, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ commented… The course…
“The course looks great! 1227 miles is awesome, The SCORE Baja 1000 is only once a year and so I think the longer and tougher, the better! Typically, I really like the San Felipe desert, however I think running down the Pacific Coast side for the majority of the race is the best route for a peninsula run. The terrain around Catavina and El Rosario is really fun to race and those are some great towns to go through. South of San Quintin and East of Hwy 1 is some of the best Baja terrain!
“The roads in and out of Bahia de Los Angeles are classic. They seem so simple, yet for some reason the peninsula run always separates itself right there. And, of course, it’s exciting to get down to Baja Sur since we only see it every few years. Baja Sur brings back a lot of memories growing up pre-running. I remember spending a lot of time down there in 2006 and 2007 pre-running in a 1600 buggy. Going up to places like San Javier Mission is unforgettable. Once we are in the final stint of the race, south of Constitucion, I think every racer must think “how much more of a beating can this truck take?”, but once you’re dropping down the stair steps into La Paz, it’s a feeling like no other. “ Testing…
“Testing has been going great. Rob has driven the truck three times now and he is very comfortable, hearing his feedback from the test sessions has definitely boosted my confidence and excitement. Preparation is key, it’s starts long before October/November. While most of the off-road industry takes a break during the summer, we continue to test. Test Lap after test lap, while baking in the sun and pouring sweat, there’s only one thing that keeps us going…The SCORE Baja 1000. We want to win The SCORE Baja 1000 and so every waking thought and effort is poured into that.” No. 11 or No. 1….
“Wow this is a tough question. As a very passionate racer, I’ve dreamed about taking the green flag at The SCORE Baja 1000 in the #1 Trophy Truck, it’s the ultimate. The #1 McMillin Racing truck should be leading the series points right now, by a lot, defending our 2020 championship from last year, but instead the DQ has left the #1/#83 out of the points race. However, Rob and I both landed on the podium at The SCORE Baja 400, so we are able to race under either name and number and maintain the second starting position. Once that was the case, then it was game on again!”
“If I can’t win the championship, then I want to help Rob win it, not only because I would love to see Rob win it, but because the same truck and team that was DQ’d will be able to help win the championship… If we pull it off, I’ll chalk it up as my team helping win two championships this year. It’s been hard to let The SCORE Baja 500 go (DQ), even harder than giving up the #1 plate at The SCORE Baja 1000.” FAMILY TIME
SCORE racing has always been about family ties and time and both MacCachren and McMillin will have other family members competing in this race.
MacCachren’s son Cayden MacCachren, 19, is a rookie SCORE racer currently in third place in the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) as the second driver for Brandon Schueler.
Two other McMillin family racers will be at the start line in Ensenada. Luke McMillin’s older brother Daniel McMillin, 34, has entered again in SCORE Trophy Truck in his No. 23 McMillin Racing Chevy 1500. Their cousin Andy McMillin, will race again in SCORE Trophy Truck, as the second driver again for Menzies. DREAM TEAM2
Another tandem for the ages is the pairing of Menzies and Andy McMillin.
Menzies has five career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, including three in the SCORE Baja 500 (2011, 2012 and 2014) and he was voted the 2011 SCORE Rookie of the Year on his way to capturing the 2011 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion.
In this year’s SCORE World Desert Championship Menzies has been the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck winner of both the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250 and the most recent SCORE Baja 400 and had a did not finish in the SCORE Baja 500.
He has won two major U.S desert events this year including the King of the Hammers.
Menzies has also earned one season SCORE Trophy Truck title in 2011 when he was also voted the SCORE Rookie of the year.
Andy McMillin has five career overall race wins in the SCORE Baja 1000 (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015). All totaled, the legendary McMillin family has 12 overall victories in the Granddaddy of all Desert Races. His first win in this race was as an 18-year old in 2006 as the second driver for Robby Gordon in a peninsula run from Ensenada to La Paz.
Andy McMillin finished third in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, second in the SCORE Baja 500 and he was a DNF in the SCORE Baja 400.
Andy McMillin enters this race with 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins. He is tied for second all-time with Robby Gordon, Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst and Larry Ragland. The group trails Las Vegas’ Hall of Famer MacCachren who has 17 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins.
Andy McMillin was also honored as the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion. He was also voted the 2004 SCORE Rookie of the Year. LA RUTA
The race features a course, designed and plotted by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 1,227.00 miles of rugged Baja California terrain.
The challenging race course will be another memorable example of all that Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, beautiful Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the ocean and the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
It will run east from Ensenada to Ojos Negros, south to Valle de Trinidad, back southwest to Colonet, south to San Quintin. The course will start heading inland to Catavina then south to Coco’s Corner to Bahia de Los Angeles. From there it heads inland to San Ignacio and back to the Pacific Ocean at race mile 750.
At about race mile 825 it heads east to the Sea of Cortez at race mile 880 and down along the Sea of Cortez past Loreto. After Loreto it runs southwest and back along the Pacific past Villa Insurgentes and Ciudad Constitucion until race mile 1,180 were it turns southeast and finally into the finish in La Paz.
The historic race course will feature three physical checkpoints, 236 virtual checkpoints, including 22 speed zones (37 or 60 miles per hour) for a total of 195.7 miles.
The three physical (full stop) checkpoints will be Checkpoint No. 1 at Chapala (race mile 421), Checkpoint No. 2 at the Vizcaino road crossing (race mile 633.3) and at Insurgentes (race mile 1000).
The official course map is now posted on the SCORE website. Posting Preliminary course notes, racer brief, penalty bulletin and GPS files will be posted on the SCORE website under Race Info after 6 p.m. PT on Thursday, Oct. 21. PRE-RUNNING
Pre-running on the official race course of approximately 1,227 miles will open at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 23.
The first section of the course to race mile 33.77 will not be available for pre-running from the start until Monday through Wednesday of race week when it will be open only for vehicles traveling outbound. SCORE LIVE
During contingency on Tuesday and Wednesday and the race on Thursday until the course closes on Saturday late afternoon, live streaming will be broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews. With increased live race coverage from along the race route, popular Rat Sult, who has been the voice of SCORE over the last six seasons, will once again serve as emcee and lead announcer of the SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult will be veteran Dave Arnold.
SCORE live may be launched from the home page of the SCORE website. STARTING POSITIONS
For this year’s SCORE Baja 1000, starting positions for all entries that raced in September’s SCORE Baja 400, finishing positions determined their respective starting positions if they have fully entered by the close of online racer registration on Oct. 22.
All entries that arrive by Oct. 22 online or by Oct. 29 in person, will be placed in a drawing for start positions with the results being posted on the SCORE website on Friday, Nov. 5.
After that date, late, on-site racer registration will be held in the Red Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada for three days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 15-17). All late, on-site entries will receive the next available starting position within their respective classes. GREEN FLAG
The SCORE Baja 1000 will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Thursday, Nov. 18 will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 2 a.m. (PT) and 10 a.m. (PT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around 22 hours, all vehicles will have a 50-hour time limit to become official finishers in the elapsed-time race. BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 45 years, received two awards for the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored after the 2020 season as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 30th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 32nd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 33 of the 53 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 31 of the 53 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2021.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 28 of the 34 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and the first SCORE Baja 400. BFG BIG BONUS
SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$40,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate the Granddaddy of All Desert Races. PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500 is 4 Wheel Parts, the official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship. SCOREscope 2021 SCORE SKED
Here is the remaining event in the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which are being held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2021
For the third straight year, the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship races are airing on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program on ESPN2.
ABC first covered the 1967 and 1968 Baja 1000 races on the old ABC Wide World of Sports show with Jim McKay and again in the late 1980s with veteran motorsports journalists Sam Posey and Jack Arute.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows also continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. The shows are co-produced by SCORE International and SoCal’s award-winning BCII TV. 2022 SCHEDULE
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico SCORE SPONSORS… Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, 4 Wheel Parts-Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino and PCI Race Radios. SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Ensenada Tourism Marketing Committee, Cruz Roja Mexicana, San Quintin Muncipal Council, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism and Sustainable Economy, Municipal Government of Mulege, Muncipal Government of Loreto, Muncipal Government of Comondu and Municipal Government of La Paz, B.C.S.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts
Finale of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship November 15-20, 2021—1,227.00 miles Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico Total Entries: 112 (as of 10/13/21) (from 25 U.S. States, Territory Puerto Rico, host Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Guatemala, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain, Sweden)
(Unofficial numerical entry list, by class) Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (17*)
*3L Mark Post
4 Justin Matney
7 Bryce Menzies
*5L Clyde Stacy
11 Rob MacCachren
14 Bobby Pecoy
16 Cameron Steele
19 Tim Herbst
*20L Robbie Pierce
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
23 Dan McMillin
26 Dave Taylor
35 Carlos Penunuri
41 Justin Lofton
65 Dan Myers
77 Robby Gordon
85 Mike Lawrence *SCORE TT LEGEND
CLASS 1 (3)
100 Cody Parkhouse
168 Shelby Reid
179 Mario Fuentes
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (11)
213 Karl Ebdrup
214 Valerie Clark
234 Jason McNeil
258 Justin Davis
261 Jeff Bader
264 Pierce Herbst
280 Bryan Sheible
285 Clay Lawrence
294 Vincent Munoz
295 William Hedrick Jr
299 Charles Dorrance
CLASS 10 (3)
1023 Britney Myers
1081 Matt Winslow
1082 Carlos Jimenez
CLASS 7 (4)
700 Daniel Chamlee
703 Scott Brady
709 Jeff Proctor
710 Mike Shaffer
PRO UTV FI (9)
2905 Marc Burnett
2909 Alex Baker
2912 Billy Long
2918 Justin Lambert
2919 Brandon Schueler
2931 Craig Scanlon
2944 Phil Blurton
2948 Matt Burroughs
2969 Branden Sims
SCORE LITES (3)
1205 Miguel Cortez
1211 Oscar Alvarez
1220 Jeremy Sundt
PRO UTV NA (9)
1912 Rickey Arslanian
1914 Lawrence Janesky
1944 Christopher Boyle
1945 Francisco Arrerandondo
1948 David Ziegler
1954 Kristen Matlock
1957 Joe Bolton
1960 Allen Alexander
1995 Kaden Wells
CLASS 1/2-1600 (3)
1621 Kevin A. Sanchez
1679 Enrique Zazueta Jr
1697 Federico Lopez Sr
PRO UTV STOCK (2)
3910 Dave Davenport
3953 Nick Bruce
CLASS 8 (0)
HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)
4482 Sky Johnson
PRO UTV OPEN (2)
1870 Justin Elenburg
1871 Wayne Matlock
CLASS 5 (3)
508 Greg Sullivan
523 Don Chase
524 Ben Swift
CLASS 3 (1)
339 David Moore
CLASS 5-1600 (1)
585 Matt Barnes
BAJA CHALLENGE (1)
BC4 Edward Muncey
CLASS 7F (1)
714F Justin Park
742 Brandt Anderson
CLASS 3000 (1)
3006 Christopher Amos
CLASS 11 (5)
1133 Mike Steel
1144 Nicholas Samaras
1156 Arthur Penner
1165 Emilio Osuna
1196 Alex Gonzales
SPT UNLTD TRUCK (1)
1423 David Pryor
SPT LTD TRUCK (1)
2303 Michael Tuba
SPT UTV UNLIMITED (0)
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (2)
12x Webster Whinery
28x Gregory Pheasant
PRO MOTO 30 (4)
322x Patrick Ward
325x Jano Montoya
331x Christopher Calmenero
344x David Vonschmidt
PRO MOTO LIMITED (2)
100x Fernando Beltran
115x Jake Eliason
PRO MOTO 40 (1)
424x William St. Laurent
PRO MOTO 50 (1)
540x Wayne Christophersen
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (9)
703x Gershom Berg
719x Mike Frick
725x Juan Carlos Salvatierra
728x Jacob Dallas
731x Augusto Faure
733x Paul Hart
741x Justin Moore
744x Darrin Rideout
785x Fabricio Fuentes
PRO MOTO 60 (1)
628x Scott McIntosh
Pro Quad (1)
17a Faelly Lopez
Pro Quad Ironman (1)
99a Miguel Arranz
SPT M/C (5)
2XXx Luis Esquivel
201x Scott Borden
235x Dave Dusendang
239x Rusty Batza
247x Michael Boge
SPT QUAD (2)
111a Adolfo Loya
177a David Nunez Ortega